Interview for LAWYERED:
Tell us about the main character: Nia Toyomoto, I just love how that name rolls off my tongue. Saying it completely just does something for me. I made it up, or so I think I did, but her character developed on its own. She is complex, a classic over achiever and successful at an early age on so many levels. She graduates high school early, college early, and gets her ‘dream’ career early only to realize she missed a few things along the way, such as relationships.
She is exposed to some classic ‘bad’ boys and girls. From a serial murderess, to a professional thief, to the spoiled rich boys of sports and things of that nature.
Finding out she is attracted to women and dealing with that with her own insecurities show a side of her that is vulnerable. I like vulnerable, it shows the human side of her and I think everyone who reads this book is going to enjoy Nia.
Tell us about some of the secondary characters: Nia’s best friend is Annie, she’s a bi-sexual and very down to earth. She keeps Nia grounded and doesn’t let her become too stale in her attitudes on life. I introduced some characters from other books. Alice from my Malice series, Simone from my Charming Thief series, Sasha from my Kept novella, I enjoyed letting them play together. Nia also has a group of about a dozen women she meets (or tries to meet) every Thursday and I introduce several characters this way, some of whom appeared in the other books I’ve mentioned, a way of tying all my books into each other.
So the book isn’t ‘just’ about Lawyers? Oh no, it is much more than that. It delves into first times, her personal life, coming to grips with her sexuality, dealing with abuse, falling in love. It’s a very complex story and one a lot of us can relate to because life is so very complex.
Nia’s ‘assistant’ Colleen because a major character, would you describe her: Colleen I felt was a wimpy character at first. I am attracted to and I portray strong female characters. Colleen though surprised me as she dealt with so much in her own life and her admiration for boss that developed into so much more. She is actually one of those quietly strong women who take care of things without making a big deal of it. I actually came to admire her as she came out in my story.
What do you want your readers to come away with from this story?: That anyone can surprise you, what you think you know about someone isn’t necessarily who or what they are. That they can change, they can grow, and they aren’t a stereotype. I think a lot of women will relate to this story and admire the characters as they develop throughout the book.
Lawyered is due out soon from Shadoe Publishing! Watch for the news on my blog and website as well as on social media!